Anna Castle writes two series of novels: the Francis Bacon mysteries and the Lost Hat, Texas mysteries. She has earned a series of degrees -- BA in the Classics, MS in Computer Science, and a Ph.D in Linguistics -- and has had a corresponding series of careers -- waitressing, software engineering, grammar-writing, assistant professor, and archivist. Historical fiction combines her lifelong love of stories and learning. She physically resides in Austin, Texas, but mentally counts herself a queen of infinite space.
What are you working on next?
Book 4 in the Francis Bacon mystery series, Publish and Perish, just launched. This month I'm doing writing business chores like spiffing up my mailing list (www.annacastle.com.) July is Shorts Month in Austintatious, during which we challenge each other to write a short a story each week. In August, I'm researching and plotting book 3 of the Moriarty series, which is set in the late Victorian theater world. Draft 1 gets written in September and October, revised in November, and published in December, when I'll do a little more writing business and write a couple more shorts. Then the cycle begins again!
Describe your desk
I just got a Varidesk, which can be used either sitting or standing. I'm still fiddling with it, but the standing is good -- good for the back, good for the energy levels. I'm looking forward to writing my next book on my feet!
Francis Bacon is charged with investigating the murder of a barrister at Gray's Inn. He recruits his unwanted student Thomas Clarady to do the tiresome legwork, chasing witnesses from Whitehall to the London streets. Everyone has something up his pinked and padded sleeve. Even the brilliant Bacon is at a loss — and in danger — until he sees through the disguises of the season of Misrule.